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150 million: More than 150 million insecticide-treated nets were delivered to African countries during 2004–2008

Millennium Development Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
Target: Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases

Since 2004 the number of insecticide-treated mosquito nets produced worldwide has more than tripled – from 30 million to 100 million in 2008, with another large increase expected in 2009. 

The increase in the production of nets and in resources available has led to a rapid rise in the number of nets procured and distributed within countries.

Manufacturers’ estimates indicate that more than 150 million nets were delivered to African countries during 2004–2008 and are available for use, out of the more than 340 million nets needed to achieve universal coverage in areas with malaria transmission (defined here as one net for every two people). Overall, African countries have received enough nets during this time period to cover more than 40 per cent of their at-risk population. 

Source: Milliner, J., ‘Net Mapping Project’, United States Agency for International Development/PMI, Washington, D,C., 2009. The Net Mapping Project is a project of the Alliance for Malaria Prevention, a workstream of the Roll Back Malaria Harmonization Working Group.

Reference: http://www.childinfo.org/malaria_progress.html



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